HARROGATE, TN -- The sixth-ranked Railsplitters continued their high-level of excellence at Tex Turner Arena as they turned in a dominating 82-63 victory over the streaking Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Their record moves to 17-1 on the season and 7-1 in the South Atlantic Conference with the win.
The Bears scored first on their opening possesion with a jumper by D.J. Blackmon to take a 2-0 lead. After trading two points in the next two possesions,Lenoir-Rhyne held a 4-2 lead with 18:31 on the clock. In the ensuing five minutes, the Railsplitters throttled the Bears defensively and pushed the pace with a 16-0 run capped off by a jumper by Justin Allen.
Lenoir-Rhyne cut the deficit to ten with 10:44 remaining and that would remain the separation between both teams until Brandon Armstrong nailed a three-pointer with 6:24 left in the half. The Railsplitters put their foot on the gas in the concluding minutes as they ran out to a 43-26 advantage at the break.
By the time the second half neared the first media timeout, the Railsplitters stretched their lead to 53-32 with two free throws by Desmond Johnson. The game would essentially fall at a stand still at that margin for the remainder of the game. The Railsplitters never trailed by less than 16 in the final 15 minutes of action. Their biggest lead came off a jumper by Johnson with 1:36 on the clock which put LMU on top 81-53. The Railsplitters would cruise to a 82-63 victory.
Jake Troyli led all scorers with 16 points on the evening on an extremely efficient 8-13 shooting from the field. Vincent Bailey was a strong force in the post as he notched 14 points down low for the Railsplitters. Brandon Armstrong was 4-8 from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe as he also scored 14. Justin Allen was nearly perfect in his 12 point performance as he was 3-3 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Desmond Johnson added 11 off the bench.
Kevin Davis led the Bears with 13 points while Jeff Thomas added 12 off the bench.
The Railsplitters will look to continue their dominant stretch of play in Tex Turner Arena as they host the Eagles of Carson-Newman College on January 25th. That game is scheduled for a 8 p.m. tip.